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According to the Daily Variety review of this film, the term "fabulous Texan" was "applied generally to those Texans in the period after the Civil War who fought efforts of the corrupt State Police to set up a dynasty of terror." Although an February 18, 1945 New York Times news item stated that the film is based on the real-life exploits of Sam Bass (1851-1878), the picture bears little resemblance to his life. For more information about Bass, please see the entry above for the 1949 Universal picture Calamity Jane and Sam Bass. A re-edited version of The Fabulous Texan was released on April 28, 1953 under the title The Texas Uprising.